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KOVAN research lab is founded to study the synthesis of intelligent systems inspired from nature. Our inspiration stems from a wide range fields ranging from social insects to biological neural systems and evolution. Autonomous agents (including robots) are preferred as a major test-bed in our studies.

[top][back] Announcements

  • A paper submitted to IROS 2018 has been accepted www
  • NEW! We have many nationally and internationally funded projects starting. Contact us if you are interested in funded projects.
  • Two out of three papers submitted to ICRA 2018 have been accepted paper-1paper-2.
  • We have hosted another European Robotics Week activity in November, 2017. We got the chance to disseminate exciting problems in robotics and learning with middle and high school students from around Turkey.
  • Our project on context-aware robotics systems for workers in factories has been funded under the FLAG-ERA ROBOCOM++ (Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the future) by TUBITAK. The project started on June 2017.
  • Dr. Sinan Kalkan has given a talk at HAVELSAN (one of the leading IT companies in Turkey) Academy Days on 12 July 2017 on deep learning and its applications.
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  • We are organizing the 17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey! WWW.
  • Yüzlerce katılımcı ile Türkiye Otonom Robotlar Konferansını (TORK) düzenledik! TORK 2014 Sayfası
  • Dr. Kalkan has given a keynote speech at the "Vision for Language and Manipulation" Meeting organized by British Machine Vision Association. Event site, Video
  • KOVAN Research Lab made an appearance on the University's website with a summary of its activities! WWW.
  • We organized a workshop on "Robot Manipulation: What Has Been Achieved and What Remains to Be Done?" in IROS 2014! WWW.
  • We organized a special session on Cognitive Robotics and Applications in IEEE 22nd Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Applications WWW.
  • Dr. Kalkan has given an invited talk at the Workshop on Developmental Social Robotics (IROS) in Tokyo. WWW.
  • We organized a half-day workshop on Robots and Intelligence as a European Robotics Week activity. WWW.
  • We recently had brilliant visitors from the METU college. Nao and iCub had the opportunity to talk to their peers.
  • We organized a special session on Cognitive Robotics and Applications in IEEE 21st Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Applications WWW.
  • We have acquired a small friendly humanoid called Nao.
  • We have openings for summer interns, M.Sc. students and Ph.D. students. Please contact us.
  • The EU funded FP7 Project ROSSI has had its final review meeting in METU at KOVAN Research Lab with "excellent" and "well done" comments from the reviewers and the EU Commission.
  • KOVAN Research Lab has made an official opening at its new place with participation of the Rector of the university and other valuable members of the university.

[top][back] Highlights

  • In collaboration with an industrial partner, we are extending our expertise towards unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The ROSSI Project (Emergence of communication in RObots through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction) funding within FP7 has started. Within the project, we will be developing a neuro-computational model that would allow robots to develop concepts such as nouns and verbs.

Image:Macs-logo.jpg We have successfully completed the MACS project in which we have developed a formalization of Gibson’s affordance concept and demonstrated how it can be used at all levels of autonomous robot control, ranging from perceptual learning to planning.

The main scientific objective of this project is to investigate how and to what extend the dynamics of a robotic swarm can be externally controlled. In the project, a heterogeneous swarm, consisting of two types of mobile robots, one in large numbers but simple, the other in fewer numbers but more complex, will be developed. The experiments to be made with the real robots will be complemented by systematic experiments carried out in physically realistic simulation models that will also be developed. Click here for more information.